Mining Bees

The mining bee, also known as Adrena, is another type of bee that looks very similar to the honey bee. Mining bees have a similar build like honey bees but are smaller. They are also darker in color compared to honey bees – typically brown, black, or even reddish sometimes. Like most bees, mining bees feed on nectar and pollen and are another important pollinator. Surprisingly, mining bees only live about a month once they emerge in spring to mate, reproduce, and prepare for next year. 

Mining bees get their name because they build their nests in the ground. They prefer to dig out their nests, particularly in loose, sandy soil. Mining bees are solitary bees that don’t form colonies, but they often create nests near each other. Their nests do not do any damage to lawns, but rather actually helps the ground by aerating it. Mining bees are also very docile bees that will rarely sting unless provoked.

Controlling Mining Bees

Mining bees are very beneficial insects that really do no harm. They help pollinate flowers and crops and their nests help with ground aeration. We recommend simply leave them alone for the short time they are even active in spring.

However, we understand that having bees, wasps, and hornets burrowing in your yard can be nerve-wracking, especially to homeowners with stinging insect allergies. While these bees are essentially harmless, we here at Advanced Wildlife Control can help get rid of your mining bee problems. 

DID YOU KNOW? – Mining bees prefer to build nests on south-facing slopes which are generally drier. The warmth of the sun helps to keep their nests warm. 

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